Category Archives: The Drill

100th Birthday of St. John Paul II. Wherein Fr. Z muses and reminisces.

Today is the 100th Birthday of the late Pope St. John Paul II. Recently Pope Benedict XVI wrote a letter to the Church of Poland in honor of this anniversary. In the letter he seemed to have argued in favor … Continue reading

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Bp. Folda of @fargodiocese opines about people who desire Communion on the tongue during Coronavirus

The Diocese of Fargo is one of the US dioceses which has improperly banned Communion on the tongue, in the context of the Wuhan Corona Lockdown Virus.  This ultra vires policy flies in the face of Redemptionis Sacramentum 92. Fargo … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z rants and points a finger

In another post, I commented on some good points made by Joseph Shaw in a piece at HPR. I want to return to Shaw’s piece for some final points.  Picking up toward the end… […] It certainly would not have … Continue reading

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Joseph Shaw’s HPR article has food for thought about reception of Communion during COVID-1984

A reader alerted me to a fine article at HPR by Joseph Shaw of the UK’s Latin Mass Society.  He wrote something that pertains to my look, yesterday, at the guidelines issued by the Diocese of Little Rock.  I took … Continue reading

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Wherein Damian Thompson (@holysmoke) vaporizes Christopher Lamb (@ctrlamb) of The Bitter Pill (aka @The_Tablet)

Over at the The Bitter Pill (aka The Tablet, aka RU-486) a papalotrous fledgling of the New catholic Red Guard, Christopher Lamb, has a vicious hit piece about Robert Card. Sarah. I was going to spend part of my precious … Continue reading

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From a priest – In Coronavirus time “conservative priests have become more liberal and liberals more conservative”

From a priest… A brother priest, in a recent conversation, made an interesting comment about our diocese. For context, he is one who offers both the Novus and Vetus Ordo forms of the Holy Mass in his parish. To paraphrase … Continue reading

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Essential Reading about the Mass and about Priesthood

Here is some essential reading about the Traditional Mass. The Traditional Mass: History, Form, and Theology of the Classical Roman Rite by Michael Fiedrowicz. US HERE – UK HERE Nothing Superfluous: An Explanation of the Symbolism of the Rite of St. Gregory the Great by Fr. … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z muses about the “survey” sent to bishops about Summorum Pontificum. Rant and suggestions. UPDATED

UPDATED BELOW A few days ago news came out [at Rorate first, publicly] that the CDF has sent or will send to the bishops of the world questionnaires about the implementation of Summorum Pontificum. The questionnaire is sort of a … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z responds to a lie

I’ve sat on this for two days now.  I shared the draft with trusted experts for review. I was told that, at PrayTell – a disaster of a blog which most of you should simply ignore – there was a … Continue reading

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The slipperiness of Jesuit homosexualist activist @JamesMartinSJ

At Complict Clergy there is a recording of Jesuit homosexualist activist James Martin speaking almost candidly at the perennially insane, infamous, renegade parish St. Joan of Arc in my native Minneapolis.   That place is crazy weird.  Just the venue for … Continue reading

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Is Francis perhaps backing away a little from the progressivist, lib, German-driven agenda?

I wonder if Sandro Magistro is right? He doesn’t often put his foot wrong. At his place, Magister has an analysis piece worth reading. He is of the mind that the resistance to the obvious machinations of the Germans, and … Continue reading

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Olive branches between Francis and Card. Müller

At Corriere today there is an odd story that might interest you. Papa Francesco scrive al cardinale Müller: disgelo con i tradizionalisti Il Papa in una lettera di 7 righe: «Caro fratello, molte grazie per il tuo libro: il tuo … Continue reading

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All those synodizers, those dreamers of process, get a key thing wrong

The left has a problem in view of the Amazon Synod (“walking together”) and Francis’ document Querida. The Synod was stacked so as to make certain recommendations. They made those recommendations. Francis tells everyone to read them, and he himself ignores … Continue reading

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VIDEO – On EWTN – Fr. Murray and Dr. Royal about Exhortation, devastating interview with Card. Zen about China

Tonight on Arroyo’s show, my good friends Fr. Murray and Prof. Royal talk about a range of issues involving the new Apostolic Exhortation. In the second half of the show, former Bishop of Hong Kong Joseph Card. Zen gave a … Continue reading

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Getting things straight about the book by Card. Sarah and Benedict XVI

At Church Militant there is a piece which accuracy sums up the controversy surrounding Card. Sarah’s recently published book, together with Benedict XVI.  The Depths Of Our Hearts. The book is out in French and Italian.  The English, inexplicably, languishes in … Continue reading

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